African Penguin

Spheniscus demersus

Penguins can’t fly in the air. Underwater, it’s a different story. With a rocket-shaped body and paddle-like wings, penguins fly through the water with ease as they snap up fish, squid, and crustaceans to eat.

Learn more: the Cincinnati Zoo is helping to save African penguins through the support of SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds).

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Spaulding Children’s Zoo
heightHeight: 2 to 2.5 ft
weightWeight: 6 to 7 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 18 yrs
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)